I have recently relocated to Howick. My impression is that this is a town of contrast. By day, Howick is a bustling little centre with pretty much everything you want, and by night it seems, sleep becomes us all. Perhaps the greatest threat to life and limb is the “Zimmer frame” brigade with curious yet imaginative driving habits — but other than that it is a friendly, helpful populace that make you feel very welcome.
New Year’s Eve marred these great impressions. The select few who saw fit to disturb what seemed to me to be an enduring and idyllic peace with firecrackers coupled with the odd mindless individuals revving their motorcycles well into the “red” and then tearing up the road at top speed, was not only a shock to the system but a catalyst of extreme rage.
How does the sound of booming firecrackers and screaming engines a joyous New Year make? Howick I am told, has no legislation barring this kind of behaviour … yet! But, as I listened to the dogs howl and reports of terrified animals bolting for their lives only to become lost, and experienced my own sense of inner peace destroyed by the few mindless among us, I have to wonder why decency, common sense, and a caring persona needs to be demanded and enforced by legislation. Those values should reside within. Truth be told, you can legislate all you like, but in the absence of an inner “good”, it is nothing but a futile exercise. Happy New Year.